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Where Sal Barajas Plays Golf
Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; San Francisco/North Bay Area; San Jose/South Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area; Sacramento Area; Fresno Area; Bakersfield Area; Monterey Bay Area; Santa Cruz Area; San Luis Obispo Area; Las Vegas Area; Mesquite/St.George Area; Phoenix Area; Western Arizona; Northern Arizona
What's in Sal Barajas's Golf Bag
TaylorMade SIM Max Driver
Callaway XR 16 Hybrid (14 degrees)
Callaway Rogue irons
Odyssey O-Works Black Marxman putter
Last Updated: January 26, 2021
Father taught me how to golf at a very young age (we used to sneak on to the local 9 after the starter left), but I stopped playing for some time until I picked it back up during college. I've been playing consistently (twice a month) for about 15 years now and I really enjoy the times I can get out. Currently near Sedona, AZ!
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Played here today (2/15) with my father in law on an absolutely perfect Peoria day; cool to start but mid to upper 60's by the 6th hole and almost no ... » More
Played here today (2/15) with my father in law on an absolutely perfect Peoria day; cool to start but mid to upper 60's by the 6th hole and almost no wind. 10:12AM tee time on a busy but very quick day considering all the waiting on every hole until 13 when the culprits finally let us pass. Paid what I assume is the rack rate of $100 here since it's prime season in the valley and golf is clearly exploding, but even then I would probably pay it again to play here. I like the layout, the conditions were amazing (greens were slightly less than great because of recent top-dressing), staff was friendly, pace was excellent, and I just happened to shoot the best round of my golfing "career".
Tee boxes: Not sure I have ever seen tee markers set so wide apart and let me tell you, it works! Great conditioned tee boxes and four major sets of tee options for players of all skill level.
Fairways: Lush green carpet; no other way to describe it. Played with a member who tells me they rotate one hole as CPO every day so they don't get so beat up by the amount of play this place receives during the busy season. Roll was fair, visually they were stunning, and not a bad lie all day.
Rough: Penal though to be fair, I don't remember it being so bad that it affected my shot making terribly. The further you go away from the fairway the thicker the rough of course, but my bad shots rarely required more than an extra club.
Sand: Was in one fairway bunker and one (now infamous) greenside bunker. Fairway bunkers were a bit crustier, but all the sand here is the darker brown desert sand rather than the pearl white Pebble sand you see in many higher end places.
Greens: Unfortunately, the greens had recently received some top dressing and it was more apparent in some holes than others. It didn't affect break too much but did affect speed. No crazy undulation here and greens are a decent size.
ETC: As mentioned, layout here was fun, however reminiscent of many mid-level desert courses; winding through housing development. Staff was very friendly. No GPS on carts. Restaurant was not offering any food and beverage cart attendant only had snacks. Love that they offer so many tees for players of all skills. Price was a tad more than I wanted to pay but for all the reasons mentioned in the first paragraph, this course was fun and is recommended.» Close
Played here for the first time ever today (1/31) on what was originally a 9:38AM tee time, pushed back to about 10:10AM after a slight frost delay in ... » More
Played here for the first time ever today (1/31) on what was originally a 9:38AM tee time, pushed back to about 10:10AM after a slight frost delay in the early morning. I had heard plenty about Quintero and its recent ranking as the top public course in AZ only made me more anxious to get out here. The rack rate in peak season (Jan-Mar) is about $285, but Troon Card AZ to the rescue and the rate was a far more manageable $169 and it was honestly worth every penny. I was blown away by this course in just about every aspect; Troon has done a wonderful thing associating themselves with Quintero.
Tees: Pretty good to great. Played the silver tees and they had their share of divots and wear, but nothing that was egregious. There are countless tee box options to suit your handicap and there were plenty of "I only play the tips" golfers out today so no tee box took an inordinate amount of punishment.
Fairways: Some of the most perfect fairways I have ever seen. They were visually stunning carpets of forest green, the grass was immaculate, the verticut fairways were awesome to hit from, even the roll was good as lush as they were. A perfect 10
Rough: Torrey-like. Penal, punishing, and pulverizing of errant shots. Mounds of thick rough is prevalent here.
Sand: Was in my fair share of bunkers. They had good sand which I wish was a bit fluffier, but there was enough sand of good coarseness that you could hit out of it. Rakes are present on this course.
Greens: Great shape, even if the color wasn't as dramatic as the overseeded fairways. They were smooth, quick, and true. The undulation at times was tricky, but I felt the greens here were fair to good reads.
ETC: Troon-associate property so you know what you are getting; excellent customer service from the moment you enter to the second you leave (a marshal came and gave us a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie, where at most places they come to yell at you). The food/beverage staff was phenomenal and the food here is some of the best I have ever had on a course, period. I can't recommend this place enough and it has quickly ascended to my second favorite course in Arizona.» Close
Played here today (1/10/21) on a 10:50AM tee time on a picture perfect but cold-then-nice sunny day with my father in law and cousin. Seven Canyons is... » More
Played here today (1/10/21) on a 10:50AM tee time on a picture perfect but cold-then-nice sunny day with my father in law and cousin. Seven Canyons is currently running a promotion for $105 to any Troon Card (AZ) member and up to 3 guests for the next few weeks, so a good time to come out and it shows as the course looked like a muni with the amount of play by the turn. Conditions today were disappointing even for "winter" and the driest winter in recent AZ history has left the course dry and lacking in its usual sparkling forest green color.
Tee boxes: Decent to good all-around. There were a few that were more chewed up than others but nothing so terrible that you couldn't hit from.
Fairways: The highlight of the round in that they were 75% visually and physically excellent. The other 25% of the turf was dirt, patchy, or otherwise awful. Not sure if this can be directly attributed to the dry winter or just lack of care, but either way it took away from the impact of the course.
Rough: Penal for the traditional rough, but missing the fairway in the forest was for more punishing. 1 club difference in the rough.
Sand: Was in a few bunkers and visually they looked dry, but they actually had enough sand in them. No rakes still though some members had them in their carts. Unfortunately the sand coarseness varied from hole to hole.
Greens: Visually awful, they were greyish green and spotty. The turf was spongy and slow on roll, tricky breaks were made more difficult as the greens were painfully slow towards the end of the round.
ETC: Place is all class. Staff is not uppity and treats you well. Facilities are amazing in the clubhouse and surrounding areas. Driving range is very far down the road so give yourself time to head down. Layout is a great mix of holes and distances. Once the rains come and the course can green up, it will be worth the fee.» Close
Played here yesterday with my father in-law on a discounted (Troon Card) 10:12am tee time. Course was very good in communicating earlier in the mornin... » More
Played here yesterday with my father in-law on a discounted (Troon Card) 10:12am tee time. Course was very good in communicating earlier in the morning of a pending frost delay that went from 1 hour down to about 35 minutes when all was said and done. Unfortunately, the main points of rsmylie's last review still hold true and conditions today were a real mixed bag with only the greens having a stellar rating. Not sure why this course is essentially a muddy mess, but it took away from the enjoyment. For the price they charge out of towners, no excuses for such shoddy conditions.
Tee boxes: Decent although hole 10 tee box was still frozen at noon! I nearly snapped my wrist trying to put a tee down. Others were in better shape but like everything else before the green, they were chewed up and muddy.
Fairways: A disappointment in that they were muddy, burnt out, aerated, or just downright barren for about 75% of the round. Here and there you would find nice turf, but too many muddy or soggy parts to forgive that.
Rough: Thick in many place and with it being wet and muddy, get your wedge out and just punch out.
Sand: Good shape since rakes are in bunkers here, but I wish the bunkers were a bit more consistent with more sand in them.
Greens: The absolute standout of the round. They were a vibrant forest green color, quick, and smooth for the most part. It probably helps I was putting well, but when that isn't your strength you get the feeling conditions must be great if you are dropping putts that normally skip along the way.
ETC: Carts with no GPS but ice in chests and feed mix. Driving range and small putting green all open. Cart attendant is friendly and will load up your bag. Starter at 1st tee very helpful. Layout is fun but I do believe no walking is allowed (not sure why you would want to when the routing isn't really made for it here). A few number of fun holes here that make you think. Overpriced sadly but that's what you get out here. They do offer a discount card if you are a local, otherwise a Troon Card will get you a nice discount.» Close
Played here yesterday 12/13 on a literally freezing 9:30am tee time. When we showed up there were only 4 cars (all workers) in the lot and the pro sho... » More
Played here yesterday 12/13 on a literally freezing 9:30am tee time. When we showed up there were only 4 cars (all workers) in the lot and the pro shop told us there was a small frost delay and that we would be second out. By the time 9:25am came around, the "group" (2 people) in front of us had teed off and we went right after, finishing in just a shade over 3 hours. The biggest surprise was seeing the lot when we finished (in a warm 52 degrees); packed to the gills with cars and golfers. Point being, if golf can survive on this less than stellar track in freezing weather, it better make it everywhere else. Sadly conditions here were not that great.
Tee boxes: Not sure why when there is such a big area to chose from, the grounds crew decides to shove tee markers in a corner that is already divot-damaged. The white tees today were just okay; nothing noteworthy in a positive or negative sense.
Fairways: The best part of today. In spite of the subfreezing temps before the sun came out, the fairways thawed (yes, thawed) well and the ground wasn't concrete. Excellent roll as you can imagine and minimal divot damage. Visually pleasing as well, since there was good color and contrast from the otherwise yellow parts of the course.
Rough: No real rough to speak of, more of the gullies and riverbeds and canyons. The rough that does exist is normal length, and no more penal than half a club.
Sand: Not in any bunkers today, but this course doesn't feature too many of them. They aren't the best conditioned ones either, as they have more compact and coarse dirt-like sand which is not ideal for shot shaping.
Greens: The last two or three times I have played here, the greens here were excellent. However, today they were fairly poor (especially early on) as they were frozen to begin with and lightning quick with shots bouncing off the green....transitioning to fairly slow with massive swatches of turf damaged either by the frost or some sort of fungus, but they weren't good.
ETC: Gas powered carts here that could use a tune-up. Routing here is on dirt, not a paved cart path so get your chiropractor on standby after the round. Layout is fun and if conditions improved, this place would be a great step-brother to the courses in Sedona.» Close
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